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Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.


Mark Twain

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A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
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I am always prepared to do the right thing regardless of what other people think.
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What you do will project you
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The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it
MARK TWAIN
In all my travels the thing that has impressed me the most is the universal brotherhood of man what ...
MARK TWAIN
I am glad the old masters are all dead, and I only wish they had died sooner.
MARK TWAIN
Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in
MARK TWAIN
I have traveled more than any one else, and I have noticed that even the angels speak English with a...
MARK TWAIN
Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and c...
MARK TWAIN
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children
MARK TWAIN
When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag th...
MARK TWAIN